Painting & Drawing from Scratch

This course may be delivered online - please see the course information box to confirm.

This course is for absolute beginners or those with little experience in drawing and painting. It is aimed at giving you an introductory grounding in drawing and painting and providing the tools and techniques for you to continue practising independently or within one of our more advanced courses.

Course Content

Working from a different still life each week, you will initially be introduced to the basic principles of drawing from observation, with a focus on line, tone and composition. You will then progress onto basic colour mixing with a focus on the relationship between tone and colour.

During each session, you will produce one piece of work but you will also be encouraged to make small thumbnail sketches in preparation for painting.

You will be taught using a combination of demonstration, one to one guidance and group discussion and you will be shown examples of a range of artists work to discuss and learn from. By the end of the course you will have developed confidence in drawing and painting and hopefully will feel inspired to progress onto another course and more ambitious work.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

Open to beginners and those who may have some experience but want to improve

First Class Requirements

A basic material list will be issued at the first class and basic materials will be provided for the first session.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance required.

Assessment Methods

No assessment, though regular informal feedback and support will be provided.

Further Study Options

If you enjoy the course you may want to join one of our longer drawing and painting classes, or if you would like to progress onto higher level qualification you might consider building a portfolio and applying for the Access to Art and Design course or one of our BTEC Foundation Diploma Courses which are available on a full and part-time basis.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline please email